Kitty Wicks, LCSW
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

How we can help You


Individual Psychotherapy

If you want something in your life you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before. I specialize in working with children and teens with anxiety, depression, social anxiety, social skills issues, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and identity issues. I have a great deal of experience and interest in working with twins. I also specialize in Parent-Infant Education and early intervention for toddlers and preschoolers. Fees are $160 per session and are due at time of session. Payments can be made by credit card, check or cash. A receipt will be provided at each session so that clients can file for health insurance reimbursement.


Hybrid Fitness Psychotherapy

For some clients, psychotherapy and exercise go hand in hand. One of the first recommendations for a client with depression or anxiety is to add or increase exercise. However, for many  clients this is difficult either because the effort to begin an exercise program feels insurmountable or because they have never really learned how to be an exerciser.

Many children and teens with developmental issues or social issues are “brain” rather than “body” kids. And in today’s climate of competitive youth sports, they’ve never had a chance to learn exercise for fitness sake and to incorporate it into their sense of self. My hybrid sessions allow clients to learn to become exercisers and, at the same time, have a talk therapy session. Indeed, I’ve found that the physical movement improves the psychotherapy and vice versa. Fees are $160 per session and are due at time of session. Payments can be made by credit card, check or cash. A receipt will be provided at each session so that clients can file for health insurance reimbursement.


Social Skills Fitness Groups

Bootcamp meets Birthday Party!  For some tweens and teens, a social skills group that offers physical fitness meets two very important needs. Our groups focuses on the process of socialization as opposed to the training of specific social content and assigning homework. Our perspective is that socialization should be organic and not forced in order to feel meaningful. If it feels meaningful, it will become internally driven so that the client will engage in reciprocal relationships more outside of group as well (generalization of skills). We’ve seen this happen for most of our clients. The fitness element is theme (clients choose) and game driven so it is actually enjoyable even for reluctant exercisers.

Classes are full-body workouts that combine cardiovascular, strength training and plyometrics. Class is taught to the strongest student but accommodations are made and the culture is kind and supportive. Class meets once per week on Thursdays.  Fees are $60 per week and are due at time of session. Payments can be made by credit card, check or cash. A receipt will be provided at each session so that clients can file for health insurance reimbursement.


Parent-Infant Education and Play Therapy

This program is aimed at enhancing your infant or toddler’s development while the brain is still plastic and the nervous system is still growing. Both parent training services and hands-on play therapy are offered. Parents can learn how to turn everyday reciprocal interactions into opportunities for psychosocial and brain development. In addition, parents may schedule clinic or at-home visits for therapist-led play therapy.  Sessions focus on psychosocial development as well as sensory processing in the areas of: auditory, visual, tactile, oral-motor, vestibular and proprioception. Floortime (or DIR) is the play therapy model used.

I was trained in the floortime methodology  by its creators Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Weider, Ph.D. and I have been practicing in that modality for over 20 years. Some of my infant and toddler clients come to me with no formal diagnosis. The parents may have concerns and want either an informal or a formal assessment. I work both with typically developing infants and toddlers (in order to enhance their psychosocial development) as well as infants and toddlers with formal diagnostic labels such as: PDD, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Developmental Coordination Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Fees are $160 per session and are due at time of session. Home visit fees are based on mileage. Payments can be made by credit card, check or cash. A receipt will be provided at each session so that clients can file for health insurance reimbursement.


Tabletop Games Executive Functioning and Social Skills Group

Does your 13+ year-old with executive functioning or social skills issues have an interest in epic fantasy and harrowing adventure… where spells and skills clash and intrigue winds through darkened halls and shadowed rooms like a venomous serpent? Then our tabletop fantasy psychotherapy group for teenagers is for you! Group is led by psychotherapists Kitty Wicks, LCSW and Noelle Harvey, and is run by gamemaster Charlie Phillips. Group size is limited to 5 participants. The group is held on Thursdays from 7-8:30 PM in 12-week sessions. The following skills are learned:

  • Cooperation - Players have to communicate and work together to solve problems and move ahead to succeed together in the game. Role playing games are, at their root, collaborative storytelling
  • Reciprocity - Shared storytelling involves the desire for other players to pay attention and the need to remain in character. Hence, the player must be invested in the others.
  • Regulation of Emotions - The game allows players to grapple with thoughts, issues and emotions from a removed standpoint (the character they portray is not actually them)
  • Executive Functioning - Since the game involves strategic and tactical thinking in order to succeed, the skills of: planning, resource management, situational awareness, and sequencing will be practiced and learned each week
  • Social Relationships - This game is a person/human interactive game as opposed to a computer game so relationships are face-to-face and social trial-and-error can be practiced in real time and in a positive, forgiving and teaching environment
  • Creative Thinking - The magical spells and an open-ended game create multiple opportunities for abstract and creative thought

Fees are $110 per week and are due at time of session. Payments can be made by credit card, check or cash. A receipt will be provided at each session so that clients can file for health insurance reimbursement.